Somewhere Between Chetek and New Auburn, Wisconsin

Somewhere Between Chetek and New Auburn, Wisconsin

after William Carlos Williams

The Seefeldt farm is abandoned now, the fields so
barren not even weeds or wildflowers make much

difference. The amount of life left in the barn depends
on the mercy of wind and the velocity of rain upon

wood. Out back, livestock pens sit empty, the fences a
pile of kindling fallen down into hieroglyphs. A red

Farmall tractor sleeps in the corner pasture, its front wheel
sunk axle-deep in mud. The farm was known for raising Barrow

pigs and hens, the meat sold at the Barron County Fair glazed
with BBQ sauce, but after Mr. Seefeldt died it failed with

hardly a fight. The mossy farmhouse roof lets in the rain,
pooling onto the dirt-floor basement which soaks up the water.

The only sign of life, a stray dog walks beside
the silo sniffling at the hard dirt, a long-dead scent. The

memory of food overcomes flight, and the burn of white-
hot hunger compels it to stalk the ghost-shadows of chickens.

Paul Scot August

Originally Published in Hobble Creek Review – Issue 1, Vol. 5

Nominated for a 2011 Sundress Best of the Net award.


3 Responses to “Somewhere Between Chetek and New Auburn, Wisconsin”

  1. Just joined your site as a follower. Hello.

  2. ….look back to your Liesel Mueller post….I posted a note to you and posted another note with the link to hear her reading her own work (the only one I know of)

  3. paulscotaugust Says:

    Thank you, Michelle!

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